Ruben Östlund: The Square

Head underground to Golden Age Cinema & Bar during Art Month Sydney to see outrageous art world satire The Square from director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure). Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or, it follows a prestigious curator who’s faced with increasingly absurd calamities while working on a controversial new exhibition.

Male fragility. Misguided performance art. Social media. The obscene luxury of the ruling class. Little is off-limits for Swedish satirist Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure). The Square, the 2017 recipient of the coveted Palme d’Or, turns a deliciously critical eye to the dysfunctional foibles of the art world. Christian (Claes Bang) is the self-absorbed curator of a contemporary art museum in central Stockholm. As he begins an awkward affair with an American journalist (Elizabeth Moss), a series of increasingly absurd calamities begin to infiltrate his comfortable surrounds, including but not limited to: a shocking PR campaign in support of new installation (the titular Square), extreme performance art and a mysterious robbery. Things couldn’t possibly get any worse... could they?

"Gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle ... performance-art cinema"
— The Guardian

"Smart, sharp, deliciously uncomfortable ... An excoriating razor-burn of a movie that deploys drollery like an instrument of torture"
— The Playlist

"Shows that slow burn, when it’s kindled just right, has a cumulative heat that makes you wilt in your seat"
— The Telegraph UK

Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW, Australia
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